School Board Vote Opens Door for Possible SILO Fund Reallocation: Daily Iowan Reader, September 19

Also inside: flood mitigation to impact city budget, schools eye sustainability ranking, Hawks prepare without injured backs, laughing meditation hits Iowa City.

Iowa City school board votes to officially discuss release of SILO funds

“Three promises made, one broken,” a community member said after a vote of 4-3 during a Tuesday Iowa City School District meeting.

The board voted in favor of officially discussing changing the language in the superintendent’s limitations. Changing the language would allow SILO funds to be reallocated, moving the dollars away from funding a future high school to being used to help improve current elementary schools.

Most of the community present at the meeting supported the board’s decision. Twelve community members spoke at the board meeting, with 10 in favor of using funds to help the elementary schools and two arguing the money should stay earmarked for the high school.

“I think it’s important to clarify what a mega-school is, which is about 4,000 to 5,000 students,” community member Sarah Richardson said. “The high schools have fewer than 2,000. We are nowhere near a mega-school. It’s important to build or add on to other elementary schools. We have students that need your help.”

Some community members were less than enthusiastic about the board’s decision to continue discussion on changing the language.

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Regent universities enroll in sustainability ranking system

The UI, Iowa State, and the University of Northern Iowa have each paid a $900 fee to opt in to the STARS program.

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Laughing meditation descends on Iowa City

Laughing Meditation has arrived for the first time in Iowa City, and is leaving many laughs in its wake.

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Flood mitigation to impact Iowa City’s fiscal 2014 budget

Flood recovery efforts are underway, with many proposed projects on the horizon.

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Iowa City City Council approves payday lending ordinance

Six payday-lending institutions operate in Iowa City now, but the new regulations will restrict where they can be located.

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Ferentz: Hawkeyes prepare to play without injured running backs

Kirk Ferentz announced on Tuesday that running back Damon Bullock is doubtful for Sept. 22, and Greg Garmon is questionable, but Jordan Canzeri is ready to go again.

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Big Ten Notebook: Big Ten teams look a week ahead

No. 16 Ohio State prepares for UAB’s deep passing attack.

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Editorial: Keep free market in new UI ticket system

While many tout the paperless ticketing as a wave of the future, the new system of E-ticketing could prove disruptive to students’ ability to buy and sell their tickets.

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